​Center for Women's Leadership

​Increasing women's leadership capacity by offering training and development programs uniquely designed to address issues that women face in leading organizations.

The Center for Women's Leadership (CWL) helps all people, regardless of gender, better understand the issue of gender dynamics. 

Through scholarship, applied research, and experiential learning we promote understanding and capacity to overcome the barriers women often face when exercising leadership. The CWL increases women's leadership capacity by offering training and development programs and examining the complex social forces most relevant to women and leadership.

The study of women and leadership is at a tipping point.

We are in need of new conversations around gender and leadership, and we need to explore the 21st Century challenges that women are facing in their roles as leaders. The future is changing and our approach to preparing people for leadership roles must change as well. The CWL aims to reexamine existing perspectives on gender dynamics and leadership and create new ways of understanding, knowing, and practicing leadership.

How does the CWL prepare people for leadership?

By helping leaders to:

  • Establish a strong sense of self
  • Develop their voice
  • Own and acknowledge their power
  • Cultivate strong relationships
  • Practice courage and learn to take risks
  • Question and challenge social gender norms and standards
  • Learn about the complexities and challenges of leadership
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